feel

verb
\ ˈfēl How to pronounce feel (audio) \
felt\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \; feeling

Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality She felt the fabric to see if it was wool.
b : to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles) He felt a sudden pain in his leg.
2a : to undergo passive experience of continually felt the resentment of his competitors
b : to have one's sensibilities markedly affected by felt the insult deeply
3 : to ascertain by cautious trial usually used with out feeling out the sentiments of their neighbors on the subject of school improvements
4a : to be aware of by instinct or inference feel trouble brewing
b : believe, think say what you really feel
5 US slang : to understand (someone) : to know how (someone) feels Yeah, I feel you on that. I fall asleep every time I'm in the car as well.— Scott Sugarman When you buckle your chinstrap up, it's with a purpose, dog! Do you feel me?— Eric Berry

intransitive verb

1a : to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation lost the ability to feel in his fingertips
b : to search for something by using the sense of touch She felt in her purse for her keys.
2a : to be conscious of an inward impression, state of mind, or physical condition I feel sick.
b : to have a marked sentiment or opinion feels strongly about it
3 : seem it feels like spring today
4 : to have sympathy or pity I feel for you
feel like
: to have an inclination for feel like a walk?

feel

noun

Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : the sense of touch
3a : the quality of a thing as imparted through or as if through touch
b : typical or peculiar quality or atmosphere also : an awareness of such a quality or atmosphere
4 : intuitive knowledge or ability

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Synonyms for feel

Synonyms: Verb

perceive, scent, see, sense, smell, taste

Synonyms: Noun

feeling, sensation, sense

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Examples of feel in a Sentence

Verb

He felt a sudden pain in his leg. I could feel the warmth of the sun. I felt someone tap my shoulder. Do you feel a draft? She felt the fabric to see if it was wool. Your ribs are bruised, but I don't feel any broken bones.

Noun

the feel of old leather Although the table is brand-new, it has the look and feel of an antique. He liked the feel of the sun on his face.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Now imagine feeling those things for the first time not at age 14 or 15, but at 24, give or take. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "How can I stop my brilliant, naive sister from getting taken in by the sleazy guy who swept her off her feet?," 8 June 2019 That explains why the Warriors felt anxious about integrating him during the NBA Finals. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Warriors mailbag: Will Kevin Durant return in the NBA Finals?," 7 June 2019 But the impact won't be felt equally by rich and poor. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Here's who the U.S. tariffs on Mexico would hurt most," 7 June 2019 But recent comments from GOP senators, who feel US farmers and ranchers would suffer as a result, signal division in his party. Christian Science Monitor, "USA | Politics," 7 June 2019 The trio lost the support of some team members, walked away from long-term relationships and felt altogether lost in the world. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Autograf Survive and Shine on 'Love & Retrograde' EP Breakdown: Exclusive," 7 June 2019 The left-hander has a 5.19 ERA in 27 games (17⅓ innings), and said his shoulder has felt good all year up to the pregame on Wednesday. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies reliever Mike Dunn lands on injured list with inflammation in surgically repaired left shoulder," 6 June 2019 Kardashian West chose to mimic that sporty feel with a skin-tight tracksuit, detailed with subtle roping. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Swaps Her Vintage Wares For a Cool Emerging Label," 6 June 2019 What does track is Spears feeling like the people around her don't take her requests seriously. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All Miley Cyrus' Black Mirror Episode Makes Me Think About Is Britney Spears," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The feels-like temperatures across South Florida are varying between 100 and 105 degrees Sunday. Brett Clarkson, sun-sentinel.com, "The washout weekend continues Sunday with threat of more thunderstorms, flooding," 9 June 2019 Sunday’s 6-1 loss to the Rays had an all-to-familiar feel to it. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "The Red Sox believe they’re better than this; it’s about time they show it," 9 June 2019 Many of the design elements have a residential feel. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Goop's New Nantucket Store Looks Like the Ideal Summer Home," 28 May 2019 But his entire arc throughout the show thus far was his progression into being the Three Eyed Raven, which kind of feels like a full-time job. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Is King Bran Stark Still the Three Eyed Raven in the Game of Thrones Finale?," 20 May 2019 Set in a modern dance company and starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, and Chloë Grace Moretz, Guadagnino’s take feels like new flesh molded around old bones and lit on fire. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 This kind of feels like the beginning of something new and ominous. Fox News, "High school friend of Kavanaugh reacts to new allegation; Alan Dershowitz on Kavanaugh chaos," 28 Sep. 2018 With stone walls and tables set beneath high ceilings with exposed beams, the lovely, intimate space has a truly cozy feel. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Venues & Places for Live Music in Melbourne," 10 Sep. 2018 Perhaps that's why the final scene revealing The Grail's big plan to take down Jesse once and for all feels like a bit of a letdown. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Preacher ends third season with a pop, not a bang," 28 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of feel

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feel

Verb and Noun

Middle English felen, from Old English fēlan; akin to Old High German fuolen to feel, Latin palpare to caress

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More Definitions for feel

feel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to be aware of (something that affects you physically, such as pain, heat, or an object touching your body)
: to touch (something) with your fingers to see what it is like
: to find (something) by touching with your fingers

feel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

: the quality of a thing that is experienced by touching it
: a particular quality
: an understanding of something

feel

verb
\ ˈfēl How to pronounce feel (audio) \
felt\ ˈfelt \; feeling

Kids Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to be aware of through physical contact feel cold
2 : to examine or search for by touching The doctor felt for broken bones.
3 : to be conscious of He felt a fear of the dark.
4 : to seem especially to the touch This cloth feels like silk.
5 : to sense a physical, mental, or emotional state felt sick felt confused and angry
6 : to have sympathy I feel for you.
7 : believe sense 4, think Say what you feel.
feel like
: to have an urge or desire to Do you feel like taking a walk?

feel

noun

Kids Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : sensation sense 2, feeling He likes the feel of the sun on his skin.
2 : the quality of something as learned through or as if through touch The sweater had a scratchy feel to it.

feel

verb
\ ˈfē(ə)l How to pronounce feel (audio) \
felt\ ˈfelt How to pronounce felt (audio) \; feeling

Medical Definition of feel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to handle or touch in order to examine, test, or explore some quality felt the compress to see if it was wet
2 : to perceive by a physical sensation coming from discrete end organs (as of the skin or muscles)

intransitive verb

1 : to receive or be able to receive a tactile sensation
2 : to search for something by using the sense of touch

feel

noun

Medical Definition of feel (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the sense of touch

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